Nutrition Action Healthletter
Center for Science in the Public InterestNovember 2000 — U.S. Edition 
Right StuffFood Porn
Fast Fruit
Low-fat yogurt, low-fat granola, strawberries, and your local McDonald’s?

   The fast-food giant has been rolling out its Fruit ’n Yogurt Parfait—a plastic domed cup with a layer of berries sandwiched between two layers of vanilla yogurt. Did somebody say m-m-m?

   The refreshing coolness of the berries and the creamy smoothness of the yogurt taste like dessert. And although the vanilla yogurt has some added sugar, this is no empty-calorie splurge.

   For 280 calories and only four grams of fat (just two of them saturated), you get eight grams of protein, 25 percent of a day’s calcium, 40 percent of a day’s vitamin C, and six percent of a day’s iron.

   The granola topping adds 100 calories plus some extra fiber, calcium, iron, protein, and a welcome whole-grain crunch (if you ask for it on the side).

   It’s not often that McDonald’s adds something healthy to its menu. (Let’s see...there was the grilled chicken sandwich, the salads, the 1% milk, the orange juice, the....)

   Until now, the closest you could get to whole fruit was the fraction of an apple buried deep within a fatty Baked Apple Pie or a Lowfat Apple Bran Muffin.

   It’s too early to call the Parfait a new trend in fast food. But its berries sure beat the artificial colors and flavors in McD’s strawberry shakes.

McDonald’s: (630) 623-6198.
Piggy Went to Market

Too busy to cook? Boston Market made it easy to swing by its take-out restaurants to pick up dinner. Too busy to swing by Boston Market? Now you can get the same dinner out of your freezer. And what a dinner you’ll have! Boston Market Home Style Meals bring calorie-laden, fatty, salty restaurant meals right to your table.

   Each single-serving box of Oven Roasted Chicken or Turkey or Country Fried Chicken with potatoes or stuffing and gravy is stuffed with 450 to 720 calories, roughly 2,000 milligrams of sodium, and 17 to 29 grams of fat (five to seven of them saturated). The Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy hits 740 calories, 2,650 mg of sodium, and 42 grams of fat (17 of them saturated).

   And don’t forget to add the Market’s popular side dishes—Creamed Spinach, Sweet Corn, and Macaroni & Cheese. Each has 360 to 430 calories, 900 to 1,200 mg of sodium, and 15 to 27 grams of fat (three to 12 of them saturated). Those are the kind of numbers you’d expect from a main dish, at least in pre-obese America.

   In all fairness, the Oven Roasted Chicken Breast Quarter, Turkey Medallions, or Garlic Dill New Potatoes keep the calories and fat in check, as does the Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet with New Potatoes. The sodium is still excessive, but hey...that’s restaurant food for you.

Boston Market (Heinz): (800) 488-0050.
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